Man United in the battle for Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale

Man United are trailing Tottenham in the battle to add Real Madrid winger Gareth Bale. The 31-year-old winger has been deemed surplus to requirement by Zizou who was rendered a virtual spectator during last campaign’s run-in as Los Blancos went on to reclaim the La Liga title from Blaugrana.

Red Devils interest in Gareth is genuine but the Norwegian manager’s transfer priority stays Jadon Sancho, but a move for the 20-year-old forward hinges on Borussia Dortmund caving on their valuation of England international.

Wales international represents a back-up plan, but the Red Devils stance has opened the door for Tottenham who are primed to launch an audacious offer for a footballer who helped cement the Spurs status as a credible UCL force during his time at White Hart Lane.

Bale is said to be keen on a come back to England and Man United in particular, but the Red Devils decision to focus on their pursuit of Jadon could see them again miss out on signing a footballer they first attempted to recruit during the ill-fated summer of 2013 when David Moyes and Ed Woodward presided over a disastrous window.

La Liga giants are said to be prepared to let the Welsh attacker depart for as little as £18m but his astronomical £600,000-a-week salary has proved a stumbling block with regards to a possible exit. Real Madrid are under pressure to trim their wage bill hugely this summer and are unlikely to make major signings to their team.